And for those of you who didn’t, please indulge me.
I lost my weight on a low fat/low calorie/low flavour/no energy diet, AND I was miserable and tired all the time. I got to my goal and was doing okay for two years, but I was still tired.
Three years ago, I switched to a ketogenic diet: High fat, moderate protein, low carb. It took me a while to get my head around this one, but even simple efforts like extracting sugar and grains helped me tremendously. My energy increased immediately. I don’t get “hangry,” and my mood stabilized. My general health and sense of well-being improved markedly. And because I wasn’t hungry all the time, I ate a little less while still feeling satisfied which meant I lost a few more pounds.
Mind, when you’ve done low fat for decades and someone finally tells you to use more cheese, butter, and creamy sauces, it’s pretty blissful. Eggs, bacon, and butter are a regular part of my breakfast routine. More butter and cheese, avocado, fatty meats and fish, and cream are part of my day along with satiety.
I know. Crazy right? After decades of low-fat everything, you mean it’s okay to use butter again? It is for me, and it might be for you, too, but as every body’s chemistry is different, you have to find what works for you.
The key point for long-term weight loss and maintenance is finding a nutrition plan that works for you and that you can make a lifestyle. Will we take a diversion now and again? Sure. That’s just how life is. The difference between those who maintain and those who do not is returning to your plan ASAP after that diversion.